“The Venetian Ghetto, 500 years later”: Scianna’s show in Venice

When he was asked to photograph the Venetian Ghetto for the 500th anniversary of its establishment (in March 1516), Sicilian photographer Ferdinando Scianna was overwhelmed. He wondered if he could do it, because places never stop telling their story, even after centuries.

Luckily for us, he took the job in the end. And he went to Sestiere di Cannaregio to photograph the Ghetto, where many wonderful and terrible events played out over half a millennium.

The outcome is an amazing show, titled “Il Ghetto di Venezia 500 anni dopo” (“The Venetian Ghetto, 500 years later”). Organized by Civita Tre Venezie, it is open until January 8th 2017 in Casa dei Tre Oci, in Fondamenta delle Zitelle 43, on Giudecca.

Scianna wondered if he could hear those voices, and see – in today’s random complexity and contradictions – images that still save traces of the ghetto’s dense history.

We believe he was able to, and that his photographs have captured the voices of the Ghetto, allowing us to hear them too.

Opening hours
Every day from 10am to 7pm; closed on Tuesdays.

Special openings

Tuesday November 1st 2016, Monday December 26th, Saturday December 31st, Sunday January 1st 2017 (from 2pm), Tuesday January 3rd, Friday January 6th.

Special closings
Sunday December 25th

Ferdinando Scianna, mostra “Il Ghetto di Venezia 500 anni dopo”

Visitors of an American Jewish community cross the bridge of the Old Ghetto ©Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, mostra “Il Ghetto di Venezia 500 anni dopo”

Nighttime meditation in the New Ghetto ©Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, mostra “Il Ghetto di Venezia 500 anni dopo”

The visual taste of tradition in the image of a man crossing the Ghetto ©Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, mostra “Il Ghetto di Venezia 500 anni dopo”

The arches home to the Banco Rosso ©Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, mostra “Il Ghetto di Venezia 500 anni dopo”

Members of the Chabad-Lubavitch community taking part in the Shabbat ceremony, towards dinner ©Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, mostra “Il Ghetto di Venezia 500 anni dopo”

Ladies dressed up for Shabbat ©Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos

“The Venetian Ghetto, 500 years later”: Scianna’s show in Venice

Venice
Casa dei Tre Oci, Fondamenta delle Zitelle, 43, Giudecca
+39 041 24 12 332

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